It’s been called an attempted “coup,” a “hostile takeover” and an effort to “reshape the face of the organization.” What you ask? A democratic election, of course! Silicon Valley’s chapter for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) collected ballots last Saturday and Rev. Jethroe Moore retained his seat as president in a landslide victory, 149-47. But supporters of his, as well as opponent Chandra Lopez-Brooks, a longtime nonprofit maven, have each bristled at how the process was handled, with accusations of a stolen membership list and attempts to break NAACP bylaws being tossed around in the process. Rick Callender, former prez of the local chapter and now VP for the California/Hawaii branch, says Brooks attempted to jump back into the fold and take over the local chapter after taking a year off from being a member. (She was previously a member for three years, including one as VP.) But Brooks’ backers, which include former county supervisor candidate Teresa Alvarado, told Fly that Callender and others prevented some of Brooks’ supporters from joining the organization in an effort to keep Moore in power. Callender says it was a disingenuous tactic, as new members must be part of a local branch for 30 days before they can vote. There have also been allegations that someone may have secretly recorded Brooks when she was perusing a membership list for pre-election outreach efforts. Callender told Fly that rumor could have spawned from the fact that an investigation has been referred to national headquarters after a large chunk of the membership list went missing. Brooks’ defeat came just days before the announcement that Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the suspicious killing of African-American teenager Michael Brown. “Now is not the time to change (leadership),” Callender said. “We’ve got Ferguson going on.” Adding a little extra intrigue, both Callender and Alvarado work at the Santa Clara Valley Water District.